If it seems like you’re spending more than you should on rent, that’s true.
Residents who rent their homes in seven of the nine Bay Area counties pay more than the recommended 30 percent of their income in rent, according to the latest update to census data.
Solano tops the list with renters paying 33 percent of their income. Sonoma County is close behind at 33.1 percent, and Contra Costa, Marin and Napa counties are all over 31 percent.
#3. Contra Costa
#7. San Mateo
#8. Santa Clara
#9. San Francisco
Santa Clara County is nearly at the 30 percent rule of thumb. Interestingly, San Francisco, home of some of the highest rental prices in the nation, comes in dead last with only 26.9 percent of combined household income on average spent on rent.